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Wedding Ceremony readings

Wedding ceremony readings can be nonreligious and all about love — we’ve got tons of examples of wedding readings from books, songs, poems, and more! Be sure to check out ALL our wedding ceremony advice like how to officiate a wedding, dozens of wedding ceremony scripts, and even wedding vow examples! We’ve also got info about handfasting and other unity ceremonies. You’ll want to start here: Wedding Ceremony 101.

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Steal-able (and properly researched) quotes on love, hope, and partnership for your wedding

We decided the cheapest way to decorate a literary-themed wedding is to take quotes from our favorite authors and poets about love, hope, marriage and happiness, and get a friend with good penmanship to put them up on the chalkboards for us. I wanted a good mix of science fiction and classical writers that we both loved. I’d share with you all these awesome, (and researched!) steal-able quotes…

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How to find and include readings in your wedding ceremony?

When it comes to “elements to include in a wedding,” one of the first things that many people think of are readings. And there’s a good reason why — so many of us have such a strong connection with words. Finding the right quotes, poems, or passages, that capture a feeling or a moment, can help us when we aren’t feeling especially creative, or can’t find our own words to share how we feel. But where can you find these perfect words to include in your ceremony? And how can you include them?

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This children’s picture book about friendship is a surprisingly great ceremony reading

I knew I wanted a reading included in our ceremony. Nothing too long. Nothing too sappy. Nothing too clichéd. And I wanted to find something that would allow my two oldest and dearest friends to participate in our ceremony. Then I remembered a children’s picture book that I loved as a kid. The book is called Rosie and Michael by Judith Viorst. I was thrilled to discover IT’S PERFECT!

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30 geek movie love quotes

Slogging through traditional love quotes can be taxing, especially when you just want something that tingles that geek-loving robot heart of yours. We root for the geeky underdog to get the girl and hope the battle over evil ends in a big snog. And we need something relatable for our ceremony readings, invitation wording, and pop culture-filled vows, right? You demand nerdy romance, funny vow ideas, and swashbuckling toast fodder from movies, TV, and a few books? As you wish…

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Wedding ceremony readings for polyamorous couples

Need help finding a poly-friendly wedding reading that shows that a couple loves each other, but that also shows respect to their extra-marital partners? We’re here for you.

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Sweet, serious, and non-gaggy: a few of y’all’s very favorite wedding readings about love

When we’re doing our wedding profiles, we noticed some trends in nontraditional readings… readings that clearly Offbeat Brides tend to adore.